Seven-over McIlroy set to miss cut at Honda Classic

Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:21pm EST
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was set to miss the cut after shooting a four-over par 74 in his second round of the Honda Classic on Friday to go seven-over for the tournament.

Heavy rain wiped out most of the morning and at the close, Californian Brendan Steele led by two strokes over Texan Patrick Reed after shooting birdies on each of his first four holes before darkness fell.

Reed had an impressive 67 to move six-under and has the advantage of not needing to finish his round on Saturday.

Overnight leader Jim Herman, the journeyman American who shot a 65 on Thursday, managed just three holes, making par on all to stand five-under.

England's Luke Donald shot a 67 to move four shots off the lead alongside compatriot Ian Poulter and Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had not finished their rounds.

McIlroy found it hard going in the Champion Course's notorious winds.

The Northern Irishman, playing in his first PGA Tour event this year, bogeyed his first hole, the par-4 10th, and then made another bogey after finding water on the 18th.

After a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole he closed with three bogeys from the last four holes.

The cut is projected for three over-par and while it may change before the leaders finish their rain-delayed round on Saturday, McIlroy can safely pack his bags for the short journey to his home in Jupiter, Florida.   Continued...

Feb 27, 2015; Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA; Rory McIlroy tees off on the 13th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National GC Champion Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY